BRET PRICE

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Artist Statement

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Since 1979, I have been building heating chambers around large pieces of steel, applying concentrated, intense heat, then manipulating the material to create a sense of softness. When the heat is removed, these illusions of flexibility are frozen, and on one level, the sculpture becomes a documentation of those forces used in the process. It is my intent that these sculptures communicate a sense of continuance, as if each piece is a single frame taken from a film, appearing to be at rest before moving on.

This method of making art offers a number of creative options for me as a sculptor. The variables of heat intensity, size and shape of the raw material produce a wide range of results; from the quiet simplicity of a single pipe bend to the rhythmic complexity that emerges from folding a section of structural steel. A degree of unpredictability is always present, which tends to tease one’s curiosity and lend energy.

EDUCATION

1975 MFA, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
1973 Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles, CA
1972 BA, Pomona College, Claremont, CA

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2012 Fort University of Cincinnati, Solo Exhibition
2009 Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art, Ft. Collins, CO, “Out of Shapes: Stainless Steel Sculpture” 2008 Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, “Explorations in Metal”
2006 Dayton Art Institute, Dayton OH, “Monumental Sculptures by Bret Price”
2004 Reyne Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
2004 Sinclair Community College Gallery, Dayton, OH 2003 The Art Foundry Gallery, Sacramento, CA
2001 Elizabeth Edwards Fine Arts, Laguna Beach, CA 1998 Wyndy Morehead Gallery, New Orleans, LA 1997 Tustin Renaissance Gallery, Tustin, CA
1996 Wyndy Morehead Gallery, New Orleans, LA “Range of Motion” 1996 Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA “Burnt Offerings” 1995 Kavish Gallery, Ketchum, ID
1991 Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1990 L.A. Artcore, Los Angeles, CA “Uprisings”
1990 Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA
1989 Modern Museum of Art, Santa Ana, CA “Recent Large Scale Sculpture In Steel” 1986 Mills House Gallery, Garden Grove, CA
1976 The Sculpture Gallery, San Diego, CA
1975 Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA

TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2017 Martha Rea Baker and Bret Price: Shapes and Surfaces, Owen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM
2015 Recent Works: Bret Price and Kevin Tolman, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2013 California Dreaming, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2008 Gallery MODA, Albuquerque, NM
2004 BGH Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2003 Clark Contemporary Gallery, Mammoth Mountain, CA
1992 Solomon Dubnick Gallery, Sacramento, CA
1989 Diane Nelson Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
1985 Susan Spiritus Gallery, Newport Beach, CA “Metal Works”
1982 Laguna Museum of Art, Laguna Beach, CA “Contemporary Artists 7”

GROUP EXHIBITIONS, MAJOR COMMISSIONS

2016 “Creative Transition”, Ruhlen-Owen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM

2015 “Century City Sculpture, 2015”, Century City, CA

2014 “In the Abstract”, Group Exhibition, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2012 “Garden Scupture”, Group Exhibition, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2011 Sarasota Season of Sculpture, “Under Azure Skies” Group Exhibition, Sarasota, FL
2010 “Malibu 2010, Summer Sculpture Exhibition” Malibu, CA
2008 Third Biennial Sculpture Exhibition, Chattanooga, TN
2008 Krasl Biennial Sculpture Invitational, Saint Joseph, MI
2008 “Mind Over Metal”, Sculpturesite Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2008 “California in New York”, Hubert Gallery, New York, NY
2008 “Art On The Streets”, 10th Annual Sculpture Exhibition, Colorado Springs, CO
2007 “Art On The Streets”, 9th Annual Sculpture Exhibition, Colorado Springs, CO
2007 “In The Shadow Of The Alps”, Group Sculpture Show, St. Urban, Switzerland
2006 “Peace Up”, 2004, 33’ high, Promised gift to The Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH 2006 “Sculptural States”, Los Angeles, CA, Four person Sculpture Exhibition
2006 Macon Arts, Macon, GA, “Group Sculpture Show”
2005 “Malibu 2005, Summer Sculpture Exhibition”, Malibu, CA
2004 “Rapture”, Galvanized steel, 12’ high, Collection of Trinity University, San Antonio, TX
2003 Creative Arts Guild – Center for the Arts, Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit, Dalton, GA – Best in Show
2003 3-D Chicago, Pier Walk, The Chicago International Sculpture Exhibition, Chicago, IL
2003 “The Artful Teapot”, 20th Century Expressions from the Kamm Collection, Gardiner Museum of Ceramics, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Traveling Exhibition)
2003 University of Hawaii at Manoa Art Gallery, Honolulu, HI, “The 8th International Shoebox Sculpture Exhibition”
2002 The Art Foundry Gallery, Sacramento, CA, “Invitational Sculpture Exhibit”
2002 Clark Contemporary Gallery, Mammoth Mountain, CA, “Mixed Company”
2002 Carl Schlosberg Fine Arts, Sherman Oaks, CA, “30th Anniversary Exhibition”
2002 “The Gathering”, Steel, paint, 17.5’ x 11’, Art in Public Places, Brea, CA
2002 3-D Chicago, Pier Walk, The Chicago International Sculpture Exhibition, Chicago, IL
2001 “Dance”, 57 N Gallery, Washington, D.C.
2001 “Conch”, Steel, paint. 6.5’ h. Collection of Ocean Reef Cultural Arts Center, Key Largo, FL
2000 “Enter Laughing; Humor in Contemporary Art”, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
2000 “Opus”, Steel, paint, 12’ h. x 39’ l. Collection of Ohio Northern University, Ada, OH
2000 “May in New York”, Carl Schlosberg Fine Arts, New York, New York
2000 Tustin Renaissance Gallery, Tustin, CA
1999 “Faith Lift”, Steel, paint, 19.5’ h. Permanent collection, Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, OH
1999 Malibu Sculpture Exhibition, Carl Schlosberg Fine Arts, Malibu, CA
1998 Pomona College, Claremont, CA “Four Players”, Steel, paint, 13’ h. x 14’ w.
1998 Carl Schlosberg Fine Arts, Sherman Oaks, CA “25th Anniversary Exhibition”
1997 The Ralls Collection, Washington, DC Commission, “Born Reddy”, Steel, paint 7’h.
1997 Carl Schlosberg Fine Arts, Malibu, CA Group sculpture exhibit. Partial list of artists included: George Rickey, Anthony Caro, Robert Indiana, Gwynne Murrill
1997 Mr. & Mrs. Meyer Luskin, Los Angeles, CA Commission, “Gates of Luskiny”, 20’ w x 7’ h.
1995 California State University at Bakersfield, Visiting Artist Program
1994 Solomon Dubnick Gallery, Sacramento, CA “Sculptural Furnishings III
1994 Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA “On Water”
1993 ART/LA ’93, Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA
1993 Solomon Dubnick Gallery, Sacramento, CA “Sculptural Furnishings II”
1993 Works Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA “Kustom Grafix: Fine Art from the Underground”
1993 Carl Schlosberg Fine Arts, Malibu, CA “Malibu International Sculpture Exhibition”
1993 City of Brea Gallery, Brea, CA “Sculpture ‘93”
1992 Solomon Dubnick Gallery, Sacramento, CA “Sculptural Furnishings”
1992 Works Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA “Real Space”
1991 Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, Claremont, CA “Professor’s Choice”
1991 Diane Nelson Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA “Collector’s Choice”
1990 ART/LA ’90, Los Angeles, Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA
1990 Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA “Cal Arts Alumni”
1990 Koll Center, Newport Beach, CA “Industrious Artists/Industrial Materials”
1990 Irvine Civic Center, Irvine, CA “Sculptural Views”
1989 Griffin Related Properties, Lake Forest, CA Commission, “Up and Over”, Steel, paint, 15’ h.
1988 ART/LA ’88, Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA
1988 Carl Schlosberg Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CA “Contemporary Bronze Sculpture”
1988 George Boone, San Marino, CA Commission: “Looped”, Steel, 8’ h.
1988 Carl Schlosberg Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CA “Contemporary Abstract Sculpture”
1987 Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA “Los Angeles Public Art, Concept/Reality”
1987 ”Arts Irvine ‘87”, Irvine, CA
1986 Laguna Museum of Art, Laguna Beach, CA Permanent Collection: “Plain Wrap”
1986 City of Newport Beach, Newport Beach, CA “Metalphor”, Steel, 8 1⁄2’x4’x2’
1986 “The City Terrace Sculpture Invitational”, Orange, CA
1984 Pepsico, Purchase, NY “Big Scoop”, Steel, 9’x6’x4’
1984 Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, Claremont CA “Professor’s Choice 2”
1983 Laguna Museum of Art, Laguna Beach, CA “Orange County Clay”
1981 Planning Research Corporation, McClean, VI “Loop Hole”, Polished Aluminum and Marble, 6 1⁄2’ diameter 1981 Scripps College, Claremont, CA “37th Annual Scripps Invitational Ceramics Exhibition”
1981 Downey Museum of Art, Downey, CA “Westwood Clay National”
1979 Hester Development Company, Santa Ana, CA “Twisted Flex”, Steel, 28’x3’x1’
1976 “California Design, ‘76”, Los Angeles, CA

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

1996 Pomona College, Claremont, CA , Lecturer in Art, Sculpture
1995 California State University at Bakersfield, Bakersfield, CA, Visiting Artist 1976-87 Chapman University, Orange, CA, Assistant Professor of Art

WORKSHOPS AND LECTURES

2006 WrightStateUniversity,Dayton,OH
2004 OhioNorthernUniversity,Ada,OH
2004 SinclairCommunityCollege,Dayton,OH
1995 CaliforniaStateUniversityatBakersfield,Bakersfield,CA 1993 ArtInstituteofSouthernCalifornia,LagunaBeach,CA 1988 CaliforniaStateUniversityatSacramento,Sacramento,CA 1987 IrvineValleyCollege,Irvine,CA

1985 StateUniversityofNewYork,Purchase,NY
1983 UniversityofHawaii,Honolulu,HI
1980 SaddlebackCollege,MissionViejo,CA
1980 OrangeCoastCollege,CostaMesa,CA
1979 CaliforniaStateUniversityatSanJose,SanJose,CA 1979 ClaremontGraduateSchool,Claremont,CA

1977 UniversityofCaliforniaatBerkeley,Berkeley,CA
Pomona College, Claremont, CA 1974, 1975, 1981, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1995, 1998


CORPORATE AND PUBLIC COMMISSIONS

Art in Public Places Program, Brea, CA (1987, 1998, 2002)
Boone Fetter Associates, Monrovia, CA
Chapman University, Orange, CA
Clairebourne School, Pasadena, CA
Crown Equipment Corporation, New Bremen, OH
Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, OH
Walt Disney Productions, Burbank, CA
Griffin Related Properties, Santa Ana, CA
Heidelberg College, Tiffin, OH
Kelsey National Corporation, Los Angeles, CA
Laguna Beach Museum of Art, Laguna Beach, CA
Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
The City of Newport Beach, Newport Beach, CA
Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
Ocean Reef Cultural Arts Center, Key Largo, FL Ohio
Northern University, Ada, OH
Otis Elevator Corporation, NJ
Pacific Theaters, Beverly Hills, CA
Pepsico, Purchase, NY
Planning Research Corporation, McLean, VA
Pomona College, Claremont, CA
Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C. Rockwell
Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington D.C.
International, Costa Mesa, CA
San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, TX
Scope Industries, Santa Monica, CA
Sea World, San Diego, CA
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, Los Angeles, CA
Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, OH
Toyota Corporation, Chicago, IL
Trinity University, San Antonio, TX
University of Evansville, Evansville, IN
Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington D.C.

Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, OH

Toyota Corporation, Chicago, IL

Trinity University, San Antonio, TX

University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

University of Evansville, Evansville, IN

 


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